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Object: Costume design for Pageant of British Queens, ’Queen Anne’

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Title Costume design for Pageant of British Queens, ’Queen Anne’
Production Rodie, Mollie (artist), 1939, Wellington
Medium summary poster paint on paper
Materials paper, poster colour, ink
Classification drawings, design drawings, fashion illustrations
Technique illustration
Dimensions Overall: 331mm (Height) x 250mm (Width)
Credit line Gift of Marion F. Mackenzie (née Rodie), 2009
Registration number GH016502

This costume sketch was created by Mollie Rodie for the 'Spirit of Empire' pageant held as part of the Wellington Centennial Exhibition, November 1939 - March 1940.

Queen Anne was part of a parade of British queens, their attendants and ladies-in-waiting. The pageant was so successful that the costumes were reused again for a Red Cross pageant in September 1940, and again for the 'Procession of Queens of Britain' at the Victory Queen Carnival grand finale, Wellington Town Hall, June 1941.

Pageants and queen carnivals were popular ways to raise money during the Second World War (1939-45).

The Evening Post newspaper reported on the final costume made from this sketch: 'The Queen's gown of red, blue, and white was elaborately puffed and gathered into bustles and panniers' (27 November 1939).

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